Healthy Forests: Managing for Resilience

Hilary Cole, Graduate Research Assistant; Heather Dinon, Applied Climatologist, State Climate Office; Mark Megalos, Forestry Extension Specialist; and Christina Temple, Forestry Graduate Student

Environmental Management, Forest Health, and Forest Management

The southeastern United States has a highly variable climate that includes droughts, floods, tropical systems, thunderstorms, tornadoes, extreme heat, and extreme cold, which affect planted southern pine forests. Though tropical systems bring considerable moisture, they also have the potential to damage limbs and knock down trees. Abnormally wet or dry conditions can cause stress and even mortality. Healthy forests are typically resistant to these kinds of disturbances and can tolerate a range of stressors without significant risk to their conditions.

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